Management of Primary Brain Tumours
Neuro-oncology is the most difficult area for patients, family, and staff. Of all cancers, gliomas are one of the most devastating cancers, and which posit unique problems and challenges. Primary central nervous system (CNS) tumours affect people of all ages. They are prevalent in children, and the secondmost leading cause of death in children. CNSs are the third death-causing disease in adolescents and in adults. Compared to other solid tumours such as lung, breast, or prostate cancer, primary CNS tumours cause greater incidence of mortality. This chapter does not discuss the management of patients with brain metastases, but focuses on the problems unique to patients with brain tumours and the different types of primary CNS tumours. The succeeding sections of the chapter concentrate on the major problem of patients with malignant gliomas. Discussed as well are the symptoms prevalent in patients with brain primary CNS tumours and the general management issues concerning such patients.
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